Do you believe that everyone should have the right to own a gun? What about the right of a mother to abort her unborn child? Abortion and gun control are two of the main issues that differ amongst liberals and conservatives.
Conservative views on abortion are very simple. They feel that human life begins at the moment of conception. An unborn baby is still a living human being. Aborting the child is therefore an act of murder. The baby, since it is a living human being, has separate rights from the mother, so the mother doesn’t have the right to take that life.
Currently, there are government dollars being spent in circuitous ways for women to have abortions, in spite of the Hyde Amendment that specifically prohibits such expenditures. Conservatives feel that the government shouldn’t take taxpayer money to fund abortions that many of those same taxpayers feel are acts of premeditated murder. Many conservatives also feel that the Rowe V Wade decision “discovered” a right to abortion in the constitution rather than let the legislative process work its will through democratically elected lawmakers passing laws governing the practice.
People with these conservative views especially detest the fact that partial birth abortion is still in practice. Partial birth abortion involves partially “birthing” the child and puncturing it’s scalp and sucking its brains out through the incision, while keeping the head in the birth canal. This is a procedure not found in medical manuals nor taught in any medical school.
Liberals have opposing views when it comes to abortion. People with these views feel that a woman has the right to do whatever she pleases since it is her body. They also believe that a fetus has not yet developed into an actual human being, so abortion really isn’t murder. For years, liberals argued that since a fetus is not “viable” outside the womb in early stage pregnancy, it is not protected by constitutional guarantees to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. As viability has been accomplished at earlier and earlier ages, the argument about a woman’s right to do what she pleases with her body have gradually replaced the viability argument.
Furthermore, liberals feel that it is the government’s responsibility to fund abortions in some aspects. There are many women who can’t afford to have the procedure done safely, so they would need the government to help. Abortion certainly shouldn’t be outlawed in any case according to liberals.
Besides abortion, gun control is also another hotly debated topic. Those with more conservative views look to the 2nd amendment to end the discussion. It plainly states that “The right of citizens to keep and bear arms shall not be abridged”. Those who want to make it illegal are violating a constitutional guarantee and should be forced to pursue a constitutional amendment if they wish to deny citizens the right to bear arms.
People should have a right to own guns. Everyone should have a feeling of safety when in their own homes. Moreover, more guns in the hands of everyday citizens will help decrease crime since the criminals won’t be the only ones with access to guns.
Liberals tend to favor more gun control laws. They do this in an effort to make it harder for criminals to get guns. They feel that the government should act to protect its citizens, so private citizens shouldn’t have to arm themselves for protection.
Gun control laws don’t prevent criminals from getting guns if they really want them people with conservative views argue though. It is also up to everyone to protect himself instead of relying on the government to do so. Many times. victims of violent crimes do not have time to call the police and their assailants are unwilling to wait on the police to arrive before continuing their assault. Based on data from the FBI’s Annual Uniform Crime Report, “right-to-carry” states (i.e., those that widely allow concealed carry) have 22% lower total
violent crime rates, 30% lower murder rates, 46% lower robbery rates, and 12%
lower aggravated assault rates compared with the rest of the country.
It seems that people with more conservative views will never reach a consensus with those who have liberal views. Should a woman have the right to do whatever she wants with her body? Or should the government step in and stop allowing the use of abortion as a form of birth control. Also, the Constitution grants every citizen the right to bear arms. Do you think we need more gun control laws to feel safer? In any case, while the arguments continue even more liberal citizens are increasingly frowning on the idea that new “rights” are being “discovered” by life time appointed judges. We can all agree that laws covering radical new concepts should be passed using the democratic process rather than judicial fiat. Only through these methods can issues be fully aired and a consensus arrived at.